India presently consumes about 50 million tons of steel every year, most of which is used for fabrication and construction activities. Steel is used for creating infrastructure – roads, bridges etc, for building power plants, petro-chemical and refinery complexes, for railways rolling stock & track, manufacturing ships, locomotives and cars etc. A major process used in fabrication is welding. The process is used in fabricating everything we see around us like buildings, bridges, flyover, cars, locomotives & coaches, ship, airplanes, general machineries, consumer durables and defense equipment. Due to the corresponding growth in welding activities, there is a great demand for qualified and knowledgeable welders. Welding is a widely used skill offering opportunities for careers in the fabrication and construction industries as well as for self employment in small scale enterprises.
Who is a Welding Assistant
An assistant to the operator and the entire team, the Welding Assistant supports peripheral activities/ non-core activities in the manufacturing process. He performs small time routine jobs like cleaning, washing, fetching and holding tool for the operators, loading and unloading of work pieces on the welding assembly, bringing raw material and spare parts from the stores and similar tasks. He possesses basic understanding of welding and housekeeping processes and safety orientation.
What are the Job Prospects & Career Progression
Welding Assistant --> Welding Technician Level 3 --> Welding Technician Level 4 --> Welder
What are the Common Designations in various Industries